Excerpt: In the early Middle Ages, mastery of alchemy
was often sought after as a quick means to an end. The most common of
these goals included wealth, well-being, and the creation of human
life. Many moons ago, it was written off as mendacity and those who
practiced alchemy were condemned as heretics and burned at the stake.
If you are taking any of this as historical fact and using the material
to study for an exam, do not expect to score much higher than a 16%.
Excerpt: Let’s face it; there are hardly any original games for the GBA. Don’t you dare argue with me either, Nintendo fanboys, because I’ve got dozens and dozens of examples ready to be busted out. This is a sad fact because at the end of the day the GBA is a pretty competent handheld that can most certainly play a great game, but when new, original games do come out for the GBA like Golden Sun , the results are fantastic. Golden Sun opens with a town in peril.
Excerpt: Golden Sun was one of the first games to hit the GBA, and ends up being one of the best games for the system. In this game you play as Isaac, a boy from Vale. Isaac has the ability to manipulate Psynergy (magic power). Psynergy, like most magic systems, has four elements. Those elements are water, wind, fire and stone. Isaac must stop a band of thieves from lighting the Elemental Lighthouses, or the world will go into chaos.
Excerpt: Synopsis If you can cope with strenuous, constant controller button-mashing, Golden Sun provides a long, engaging quest, impressive 2D graphics, and true turn-based combat featuring the summoning of mystical and mythical creatures. All this imparts a fulfilling experience all around. Depending on how you tackle the game, expect completion time to be between 20 and 30 hours.
Excerpt: The sequel to the Game Boy Advances best RPG is here. Continuing on from the storyline of Golden Sun, you take control of Felix and company as you try to light the elemental lighthouses to either save the world or destroy it. A fairly typical plot for an RPG, but when the game is this good, you wont really care.
Excerpt: Chapter two has finally arrived. After over a year of waiting, the next edition of Camelot\’s impressive RPG, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, has finally been released. Its predecessor, Golden Sun, was widely hailed as one of the best Game Boy Advance games yet released. That is a big reputation to live up to, but The Lost Age pulls it off without a hitch, even improving on the already great gameplay.
Excerpt: I know a lot of gamers who still doesn't own a Gameboy Advance. I would say the main reason is that they haven't seen that ONE game that really excites them. Before I started playing this game I was actually warned. "If you like role-playing games and start playing this game you will loose thirty hours". So, what happened? Oh, I'll tell you all about it.
Summary: Camelot's shiny new RPG has hit the shelves. Find out what PGC's resident RPG-guru thinks of it.
Pros: Beautifully detailed graphics, Clever use of Pysnergy, Great character designs, Ingenious Djinn system shows other RPGs how things should be done, Music that puts the SNES and in even some cases the PSX to shame, Rich mythic world
Cons: How could Camelot overlook that battle error?, Plot is a bit slow in the beginning, Speech "beeps" can be annoying, though they can thankfully be turned off
Conclusion: Overall, a tremendous and exceptionally high quality RPG for the GBA. and today it still retains the unrivalled position of the best of the best (including Pokemon). Golden Sun ‘s graphics are unparalleled as is its musical score. If only Pokemon would have utilised the same graphics engine, rather than a slightly updated Game Boy engine. The world of Weyard is an epic land to explore, and hopefully, you will take up the challenge to save it from certain ruin.